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US remains strongest business aviation market in October

WINGX released its weekly Business Aviation Bulletin, noting higher levels of business jet movements in October due to events like the US Grand Prix. This event also highlighted the enduing post-COVID desire for on-demand travel. The United States recently finalized plans to allow vaccinated international travelers into the country, which will likely bolster business jet activity.As October 2021 comes to an end, global business aviation activity is trending up by 13% compared to October 2019. The business aviation sector could post its busiest year ever if trends stay on track. The commercial airline sector, which is trending down 28% this month compared to October 2019, will stay nearly a third below normal activity going into 2022.The North American market is expected to see its sixth record-breaking month in a row, with business jet sectors seeing a 16% rebound this month compared to October 2019. With many airlines facing vaccine mandates and pilot shortages, flyers are turning to business aviation to get to their destination. Domestic business jet trips are up 21% compared to October 2019, making the United States the strongest business aviation market. Canada's business jet activity is slowly recovering, up 5% compared to two years ago in October. Mexico, like Canada, is facing a slow recovery, despite flights between the US and Mexico being up 18% on 2019.The US Grand Prix at the Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas brought the biggest draw to the United States this month for business jet arrivals, up by more than 50% in the four days before the event compared to the same race at the same venue in November 2019. The most popular aircraft flown into the Grand Prix was the Challenger 300, with 36 arrivals for the event.Florida remains the busiest state in the US, seeing a 43% sector increase this month compared to October 2019.Phenom 300 aircraft are picking up most of the work this month, flying nearly 70% of the flights. Older aircraft like the Challenger 600, Citation Encore, Gulfstream G400 and Falcon 900 are also seeing higher utilization.
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